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Bruins 5, Lightning 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 5, Lightning 4
Boston Bruins 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -When you've struggled like the Boston Bruins have lately, any win is a good one.

"Two points are so valuable right now," coach Claude Julien said Thursday night after the Bruins nearly blew a five-goal lead before hanging on for a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"We've lost some games that we should have won, and this one here I think we deserved to win. But we certainly did everything to shoot ourselves in the foot and make it exciting. We need to learn to control our games a lot better. If we can't do it for 60 minutes, we're going to get more of that."

Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic each scored twice for the Bruins, who have put together their longest winning streak in more than six weeks - three games - after losing 10 straight. The victory also lifted them into a tie with Tampa Bay for the eighth - and final - playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Miroslav Satan also scored for the Bruins before leaving the game with a cut on one of his hands caused by a skate. The team did not disclose which hand was injured, and said his status would be updated Friday.

The Lightning allowed four first-period goals and had their longest winning streak since November 2007 stopped at four games.

The Bruins built a 5-0 lead for goalie Tuukka Rask before Martin St. Louis scored twice in the closing minutes of the second period for Tampa Bay.

Steve Downie added two goals in the third, the latter trimming the Lightning's deficit to one with 3:13 to go.

"Obviously, we did enough to win the game. ... You've got to try to stay positive, so you've got to focus on the positive more than the negative," Lucic said. "I think that's the feeling around here right now. We did what we needed to do to win."

Ryder scored both of his goals in the opening period. He got an assist on a third, when his shot from in front of the net deflected off Lucic and Lightning defenseman Max Smaby before skipping past Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki.

Tampa Bay had allowed three or fewer goals in nine consecutive games, going 7-1-1. Niittymaki was pulled after the opening period, and the Bruins scored on their first shot against backup Mike Smith to make it 5-0.

"It was very frustrating, obviously. ... We didn't really give Niitty a chances," Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said. "There was a lot of tic-tac-toes that they made. ... Two or three goals we let them in the perimeter and they got some tap-ins."

Tampa Bay began to dig itself out of the hole when St. Louis scored twice in less than 3 minutes to increase his points streak to eight games. Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals to extend his career-best points streak to 11 games.

Downie, with assists from Stamkos and Victor Hedman, cut Boston's lead to two goals with just under 9 minutes remaining. Hedman and St. Louis assisted on his second goal before the furious rally ran out of steam.

"We showed character, but playing half the game is not going to be good enough, especially against teams like Boston that are fighting, too, to get in," St. Louis said. "That first period was pretty embarrassing, but we fought back and I'm proud of that."

NOTES: The Bruins had not won three straight since Dec. 21-27. ... St. Louis has nine goals and four assists in the past eight games. Stamkos, who finished with three assists, has eight goals and 11 assists during his 11-game points streak. ... Bruins RW Mark Recchi played in his 1,549th NHL game, tying him for ninth place on the career list with Alex Delvecchio. ... Boston scored more than three goals in a game for the first time in 17 games, a stretch that began after a 4-1 victory over Ottawa on Jan. 5.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:24
BOS
Miroslav Satan (3) ASST: Marc Savard (21), Derek Morris (21)
1 - 0 BOS
11:21
BOS
Milan Lucic (4) ASST: Michael Ryder (10), Andrew Ference (6)
2 - 0 BOS
15:44
BOS
Michael Ryder (14) ASST: Blake Wheeler (18), Derek Morris (22)
3 - 0 BOS
17:19
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (15) ASST: Marc Savard (22), Patrice Bergeron (25)
4 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
04:53
BOS
Milan Lucic (5) ASST: Zdeno Chara (28), Daniel Paille (9)
5 - 0 BOS
16:10
TBL
Martin St. Louis (21) ASST: Victor Hedman (12), Steven Stamkos (31)
5 - 1 BOS
19:02
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (22) ASST: Kurtis Foster (20), Steven Stamkos (32)
5 - 2 BOS
3rd Period
11:09
TBL
Steve Downie (12) ASST: Victor Hedman (13), Steven Stamkos (33)
5 - 3 BOS
16:47
TBL
Steve Downie (13) ASST: Victor Hedman (14), Martin St. Louis (47)
5 - 4 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:16
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
03:16
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
07:55
BOS
Miroslav Satan  Tripping against  Mattias Ohlund
07:55
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Cross checking against  Miroslav Satan
16:41
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Miroslav Satan
16:41
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Miroslav Satan
16:41
BOS
Miroslav Satan  Roughing against  Steve Downie
2nd Period
07:47
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Blake Wheeler
13:35
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Holding against  Steve Downie
13:35
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Steve Downie
13:35
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
17:04
TBL
Todd Fedoruk  Interference against  Blake Wheeler
17:15
BOS
Michael Ryder  Holding against  Mike Lundin
18:40
BOS
David Krejci  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
3rd Period
02:47
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:51
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Steve Downie
goalie stats
Tuukka Rask
SA: 35TOI: 59:58
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 21TOI: 20:00
Saves: 17EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
10-13-6
SA: 15TOI: 39:04
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2